SOURCE: Taz Taylor Band

February 09, 2011 15:55 ET

Taz Taylor Band Blazes Out From Under a 'Big Dumb Rock'

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - February 9, 2011) - An ode to his lifelong love of motorcycling, the title of Taz Taylor's 2005 breakthrough indie recording Caffeine Racer has been a perfectly prophetic metaphor for his incredible, full speed ahead career since then.

After a few whirlwind years of recording with renowned European rock vocalists Graham Bonnet (Ritchie Blackmore, Michael Schenker, Yngwie Malmsteen, Steve Vai) and Keith Slack (Schenker, Steelhouse Lane) -- and a successful European tour with Bonnet in 2007 and 2008 the British born, San Diego-based rock guitar powerhouse comes full circle, re-embracing his passion for instrumental hard rock on the edgy yet melodic and grooving collection Big Dumb Rock.

The ten track set includes quirky titles as: "Hornitos Concerto" (a tequila reference), "Dog Breath" and references to the fact that it takes "11 Years" for "Blue Agave" plant to mature before it can make tequila. "City Zen" is a roundabout reference to the fact that Taz Taylor Band drummer Val Trainor found the song's groove reminiscent of Led Zeppelin's "The Immigrant Song."

So what gives with the album moniker Big Dumb Rock? For Taylor, who sticks to a single axe (the Gibson Explorer) and uses Peavey Amps (with which he has an endorsement deal), it's all about the accessibility of his music to rock fans, not just hardcore guitar heads and students.

The three veteran San Diego musicians in the Taz Taylor Band help the guitarist take his artistry to the next level: Trainor, keyboardist Bruce Conners and bassist Barney Firks. Taylor's regional slate of So Cal gigs in recent years includes opening for the Michael Schenker Group and onetime Scorpions guitarist Uli Jon Roth at Brick By Brick and Dokken at 4th and B in San Diego; and opening for Roth at the Galaxy Theatre.

"We went a bit rogue on Big Dumb Rock," he says. "We owed Escape the option of one more album, so we asked them up front if they would be interested in an instrumental record. They said they would not, so we went ahead and made the album that we wanted to make, knowing that we would be releasing it independently. It was just a case of doing what felt right for the band at this time. We made this album for the joy of playing music."

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